Legendary for harboring some of Paris’s most iconic artists and intellectuals, Montparnasse lies on the city’s Left Bank, in the 14th arrondissement, and remains a popular tourist attraction. Taking its name from the Greek Mount Parnassus, home to ‘the Muses’ (the nine Greek Goddesses of the arts and sciences), Montparnasse was the central hub of Paris’s creativity throughout the 20th century. Home to a vibrant population of penniless artists and grassroots intellectuals, the area was a meeting ground for the era’s burgeoning arts scene. Future icons like Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce were among the immigrants who flocked to the area, along with a number of key French figures, many of whom are now buried in the Montparnasse cemetery. While the golden era might be long gone, the neighborhood retains much of its gritty charm, with its many traditional cafés and creperies (pancake houses) recreating some of the vibe of historic Paris.

Today, the 210m-high Tour Montparnasse, Paris’s only skyscraper, reigns over the area, a gloomy steel structure that nonetheless offers spectacular views from its 56th floor observatory and is home to Paris’s highest café. Better yet is the panorama from the open-air terrace on the 59th floor, with minimal crowds and the chance to ride on Europe’s fastest elevator making it a worthy rival to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Montparnasse’s second major attraction takes to the other extreme – the famous underground Catacombs of Paris, a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath the city and used as an eerie underground boneyard.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2044 Reviews

Enjoy a memorable night out in Paris by combining a visit to the Eiffel Tower and Seine River cruise with a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge. Enjoy dinner at ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $280.32

Paris Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 1531 Reviews

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $136.22

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1651 Reviews

See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.03

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower

4 star rating: Recommended 1679 Reviews

See Paris' main attractions in a four-hour Paris city tour with a difference. Your sightseeing tour of Paris includes a tour across the city by coach, views of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.80

Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 748 Reviews

Paris is enchanting by night, so take this comprehensive four-hour tour to experience the magic first-hand and discover why Paris is known as the "City of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.55

Helicopter Tour to Versailles from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Take to the skies above Paris on a helicopter tour to Versailles! Soar over the Seine River, Bois de Boulogne and incredible Versailles Palace before landing ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $269.06
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Versailles, Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise Day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 89 Reviews

If your time in Paris is short, why not see Versailles and the highlights of Paris in one full-day tour? You'll visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.87

Montparnasse Tower 56th Floor Observation Deck

4.5 star rating: Recommended 277 Reviews

Admire the most beautiful views of Paris, take in the very best view of the Eiffel Tower and everything else Paris has to offer on the amazing 56th floor of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.20
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Paris City Tour and Eiffel Tower Half-day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 265 Reviews

See Paris’ top city attractions and take in panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower on this 3-hour Paris city tour. Admire top city attractions such as the Arc ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.79

Small-Group Gourmet Christmas Tour of Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Few things exude Christmas spirit better than festive food, and where better to sample seasonal specialties than in Paris? Discover the undisputed capital of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.35

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